After moving into a house with crayon on nearly every wall, I became a crayon-removal expert.
How to Remove Crayon
When we bought our home, it was immaculate. The floors were gleaming, the paint was spotless, and the massive run of cedar on the walls of our stairway was beautiful. We made an offer, got the house, and waited 60 days in anticipation of ‘the big move.' On the day of the walk-through, the house looked pretty much the same. Of course, there were boxes here and there, but the house's overall condition was visually flawless.
We moved in the next day to the shock of our lives: the children who lived in the house had decided to give us a house-warming present. They got artistic in just about every room with crayons. Every room!
How to Get Crayon Off Any Surface
Over the course of nine months, I have become a crayon-removal expert. Crayons in a Jacuzzi tub? No problem! The kids drew on the window screens with crayons? I've got a solution. Crayon on cedar planks? Now that was a tough one, but I finally got it under control.
The next time little Picasso decides to draw you a masterpiece on your walls, windows, or furniture with crayon, relax. Here are some tips to help you remove crayon marks from everything.
One of the quickest methods to remove crayons from walls is WD-40. If you have flat paint on your walls, be forewarned that WD-40 is a lubricant and will most likely leave a grease mark. Soap and water, Mr. Clean, or a degreaser will remove any oily smudges left by the WD-40. Another method is baking soda and warm water, wipe with a sponge (nothing too abrasive, you don't want to damage your paint).
There are several methods for removing crayons from glass and windows. The first, which I found to be the easiest, was WD-40. Spray it on the stain and wipe it off! That's it. Suppose you don't have a can of WD-40 handy; dishwasher detergent and warm water work well, as do vinegar and warm water. You may have to use a little elbow grease, but these solutions work.
Crayon Marks or Wax on Carpet
I have no idea how crayon became embedded in my brand new Berber carpet, but I can tell you that a brown paper bag and an iron will remove it! It worked for me. Place the brown paper bag down on the wax, place the iron on the bag. The heat from the iron will draw the wax from your carpet, and it will stick to the bag.
Spray WD-40 onto the crayon markings left on the screen. No scrubbing necessary and no awkward oily residue. It works like magic! Your screens will look brand new.
I've heard of people using WD-40 on flooring, but I wouldn't recommend it, as I've never used it for floors. I worried about the colorfastness of our wood flooring. Here's a solution that I've used successfully to remove crayon from wood floors and ceramic tile: dishwashing detergent in warm water. Use a sponge and work in a circular motion on the wood floor. I had to work on it a little while, so be patient. It does work.
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Scrape off any excess crayon. Lay fabric as flat as possible and place the stain between two pieces of paper towels. Lay an iron on the paper towel gently. Change paper towels as the crayon is soaked up by heat. Otherwise, you'll end up putting wax right back onto the fabric.
In the Dryer
After the little artist decided to spruce up our home, his mother washed and dried his clothing with crayons in his pocket. To take care of this problem, use an old rag that you'll be happy to throw out afterward. Spray a small amount of WD-40 on the rag. Rub the crayon markings with the rag. NEVER spray WD-40 inside of your dryer! It's flammable. Throw away the old rag and use a soapy wet paper towel to remove any oily residue.
Spray WD-40 onto the crayon marking and wipe off with a sponge. This worked like a charm in our Jacuzzi and on the tub surround in our other bathroom. Make sure that you wash the tub and walls thoroughly afterward. If you have a Jacuzzi tub, run the jets with a solution of dishwasher detergent and hot water to remove any excess wax that may have gotten onto/into jets.
Removing crayons from cedar was a big challenge, but after several unsuccessful attempts, I found a solution: bread. I'm not kidding! I dismissed this tip after a friend told me about it because it seemed crazy. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and bread worked! Leave a piece of white bread out overnight. When you're ready to remove the crayon from the cedar, squeeze the bread into a ball and rub the crayon mark with it. FYI: It can be a little messy, so be prepared to vacuum afterward.
Note: Please use caution when using WD-40 for crayon removal. Ensure that you have proper ventilation (open the windows) and do not spray contents or place can on a hot surface.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2008 futonfraggle
Vickii on May 11, 2018:
These are really great ideas ... MY Great grand kids decided to color on the walls in their room & also the flat painted closet doors !!! Also the tile
Michael RSullivan from Toronto on October 29, 2017:
I found this, an article that was mentioned here by Concetta Parsons. But when checked for more details with the article, I was not able to access it showing 404 error. When I did check the site, I found the article here at: http://canglow.ca/how-to-get-crayon-wax-off-window... which turned out to be useful. I hope others too can find it useful as did I. Thank you.
Concetta Parsons on September 03, 2016:
I was searching for these cleaning methods for a long time. My kid used to scribble often in windows with crayons. Recently I got the cleaning tip from an online article (http://canglow.ca/how-to-get-crayon-wax-off-window... after a long search . I should’ve find this earlier. Thanks for sharing this information.
Leigh on August 29, 2016:
My son wrote on my laptop screen. I didn't want to use WD-40 because it might damage my screen. I used hand cream (lotion) and facial tissue to wipe off the writings. Its worked!
heather on March 26, 2015:
I have a brand new futon and my little one got permanent marker on it and idk how to get it off i need help removing it please help
Tay'Shun on November 25, 2011:
Thank you so much. I never thought I would end up with crayon on my truck window, but this has helped a lot without a trip to the dealership. Again, thank you so very much.
Karen on October 15, 2011:
Worked like a charm! My windows are now clean, thanks.
Anthony on January 08, 2011:
For crayons on wooden floorboards, we tried detergent without much success. However a dry towel and plenty of elbow grease did the trick.
Francis Milk on July 03, 2010:
Thank you so much!
The W40 removed my 2 years old baby girl crayon "art work" from my brand new kitchen cabinets in seconds!
A very clever idea!
Thanks once again!
JOW on June 29, 2010:
Thanks for the great info. With young children crayon markings are inevitable. Know how is more than half the job....Thanks again
futonfraggle (author) on May 14, 2009:
Thank you. I'm glad you found the information useful.
KT pdx from Vancouver, WA, USA on May 14, 2009:
Wow! The bread thing works on walls sometimes, too. I've used the iron and paper bag for carpet as well, and it does work. :) Great hub.
futonfraggle (author) on April 28, 2008:
Thanks Ruthie. Believe it or not, I've never bought a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Am I behind in the times, or what? LOL. We did report it to the real estate agent. We weren't compensated, the agent was all: "oh well, that's too bad" and we really didn't make a fuss...our first home...we sure learned a lesson though!
RUTHIE17 on April 27, 2008:
Good advice! The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works wonders too!
Did you report this to your RE agent? Surely, there would have to be some compensation from the previous owners.
futonfraggle (author) on April 26, 2008:
I never thought I'd have to worry about it! I don't have small children, but now I know how to tackle crayon markings on everything. Let me know how it works out for you Graceful Guardian & thanks for the comment.
Graceful Guardian on April 26, 2008:
Thank you,for this has to be done in my home,it will help me ,I am sure of it.